We received a “fishy” book recently from the Fish Book Co for a book review. Thankfully it’s not “smelly” and lasted through the postman. 🙂
In fact, I am pleasantly surprised with this 52 pages of brightly illustrated fishy tale entitled -Today I Am”. There are a total of 20 emotions expressed by vividly drawn fishes. Each doubled page opens out to 1 emotion and 1 fish drawn to express that emotion. The author had definitely thought through and carefully choose the appropriate colors and expressions to bring out each emotion.
“Sad” is watered down with teary streaky strokes and a “blue” (literally) fish:
“Today I Am” ‘s target audience is aged 2-7 years old toddlers. At 4 years old, Xi En is learning to spell, recognize words and be in (sometimes out of) tune with his emotions. We read through this book together and he is curious about some of the words which he had never came across – eg, “CURIOUS”. He asked me what is “PROUD”; “CONTENT” and even “JEALOUS”! I found it tough to explain some of these profound emotions with words and thus mimicking the fishes’ expressions helped a lot!
Xi En trying hard with “PROUD”:
We also have a go with the easier ones such as “HAPPY”; “FURIOUS” and “SHOCKED”. I totally love how the author – Miles Van Hout – managed to bring life into the book through simple one-word per page drawings. These hand-drawn pictorial on black background caught Xi En’s attention too. He enjoyed tracing each word and learn spelling along the way too.
His favourite of all the pages is (don’t you just love the little one plucking up courage to be in a dark sea of unknown):
My brave boy; just like your Christian name “Ethen” – be strong, courageous and brave!
This book is a keeper for us. Not one which you can read for ages but definitely one of educational value which parents can expound further with their children.
If you are keen to get hold of one, you can swing by the Rise & Shine Expo 2013 at Suntec City Convention Centre from 27th to 29th Sept 2013 to catch the fishes’ debut public appearance. Retail price (before GST) is S$20.
And now the good news – GIVEAWAY TIME:
Fish Book Co is kindly hosting a worldwide giveaway form 5 readers of this blog! To be eligible for a random draw, just share with us: “Today I Am ___(an emotion)___”. Do remember to put in your name and email address so we can contact the winners! Fish Book Co will be mailing these colorful books to 5 lucky winners. Giveaway will end on 25th August 2013 2359hrs (Singapore time).
Fish Book Co is also on Facebook. Do like their page for more splashy fishy updates.
“Today I Am” is an award-wining book and was first published in the Netherlands. It has since been translated to many languages. Singapore-based Fish Book Co holds the book’s rights to Southeast Asia and has plans to translate “Today I Am” into Chinese, Bahasa, Thai, Viet and other languages for distribution throughout the region. It’s also available as an eBook app in Apple Store for Ipads.
Disclaimer: We received a complimentary “Today I Am” book as part of a book review. No other monetary compensation had been received. Opinions and photos are author’s own.
Announcing the winners for this giveaway! Sorry it’s delayed due to a busy schedule!
And the winners randomly drawn by my son are:
1) Robert Sim
2) Rena Tan
5) Samantha Ding
Congratulations! Fish Book Co will be in touch to send the books to you! 🙂 Happy reading to your kids!